Meet The Original Force Of Nature
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Film #15 of the June Challenge
There once was a land of wood
where hollies bloomed like nothing else could
In it sat a man, quite the shnook
In his hands was a children's book
This man was an executive of 35
or so this author might contrive
He was a man of astonishing greed
From piles of money he would feed!
He did not understand the words of the book
it was why he did not even own a Nook.
But his was a job that did not require knowing how to read
All he had to do was lead.
So he enlisted several men
to make a film for children of ten
It would not be short, it…
The Lorax is another example of a Dr. Seuss’ film adaptation that has failed to capture the charm of the book. They’ve taken a simple and timely fable and turned it into a loud and garish bore that labours on its environmental message whilst failing to actually entertain its audience. The story centres on a 12-year-old boy who escapes the confines of his artificial city - Thneedville - to find a real tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. There he meets the reclusive Once-ler who tells him the story of The Lorax, the guardian of the forest, and how Thneedville came into being.
Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale about greed and environmentalism is buried somewhere in this…
At the forefront of culture, where sentiment’s free,
There’s a well-meaning well-spring of sanctimony.
A clattering chatter of serious chaps
Come to warn us of doom; Eco-horror collapse!
And plastic doohickeys that suck out the soul
Of we miserable fools, our dead hearts black as coal.
“Oh woe, these poor dopes — grasping, ignorant saps
With their claptrap and waffle and counterfeit crap.
Don’t they see,” cry the men, their hands wringing in fear,
“What dire fate lies in wait if our cries they don’t hear?”
So they commenced their project, to adapt a great book,
Spent ALL OF THE DOLLARS, begged, “Please, you must look!”
And what did they give us? A veritable onslaught
Of ads and promotions, TV…
Bad memories in my life:
Getting made fun of by Erin Olsen in 8th grade.
Having surgery at a hospital.
The music in The Lorax.
Vibrant and colorful, but oh-so-unfunny! I can't honestly recall a single moment where The Lorax made me laugh. Not even a hearty chuckle or a related thought of amusement. And clearly I'm not alone in being underwhelmed by this film.
I've never read any of the children's books by the beloved Dr. Seuss, but I can scarcely imagine this doing any kind of justice to the original story. It means well I'm sure, but the eco-friendly message at its core holds no subtlety whatsoever, while simulatenously struggling to be hip, in an obvious attempt to keep the tweens from reaching for their cell phones.
They overdo it bit also with the inherent bubbliness; sharing similarities with what often feels like…
10 minutes of message shoehorned into 80 minutes of nonsensical, unfunny gags and unnecessary pop songs. It's possible to make an entertaining and appealing children's film without talking down (see: Pixar, How to Train Your Dragon), but apparently Illumination Entertainment thinks cute schtick and jokes upon jokes are the only way to keep kids' attention.
I watched this movie for the sole reason that I had applied to jobs with typos and so was in a really bad mood. I needed cheering up and I thought a simple cartoon would cheer me up.
Turns out it worked a treat. Although it annoyed me that Zac Efron voiced a cartoon character whom I couldn't swoon over :(
Whats the point of Zac Efron if there are no shirt off scenes?!
I liked it though. Quite similar to Wal-e actually. Except without space... and not as good... actually it's not like Wal-e. But it is good.
It's about deforestation and capitalism. Nice message for the kids I suppose. And enjoyable too. I'd recommend to any kids. There wasn't much in there for adults but I liked it. Not as good as Despicable Me either. I don't know.. I liked it. Watch it if you want? :S
A nice, cute short movie with an environmental message. It didn't last long enough or have sufficient character development for me to be that interested in this film as an adult; maybe as a child I would have appreciated this more. But it was still a well-animated movie with good flow, a few endearing moments, and nicely-designed landscapes.
I was a big fan of The Lorax from the 70's when I was younger, so I was kind of enthusiastic about seeing a remake at first. But I ended up never seeing it in theaters and I finally just got around to seeing it with my nephew and niece yesterday.
There really isn't much to say about it. The animation looks good, and the voice acting is all right. I just wasn't feeling the same enjoyment from it as I remember the original. Maybe I need to revisit that to freshen my memory. I remember it being pretty effective in making the viewer feel very sad for the animals and the Lorax, but this was a little too shiny…
No entiendo por qué a muchos de mis conocidos no les gustó. ¡A mí me encantó! Aprecio mucho el trabajo de Dr. Seuss, un genio de su época con validez incluso hoy en día. La manera en que presenta ciertos temas de importancia para la vida humana no podían ser mejores para el entendimiento de cualquier persona, desde un niño hasta un adulto, y siempre creando personajes entrañables (el Grinch, el Gato en el Sombrero, Horton y, en este caso, el Lorax).
La animación de Ilumination Entertainment en esta película es espectacular, tanto en movimientos como en texturas. La historia está muy bien desarrollada, y tiene diversos temas que el público debería tomar en cuenta (no sólo los niños); el…
Sing Song and Once-lers and Corporate Greed, This Flick Is As Shallow As A Ratty Old Thneed
Of all of the peeves I keep as pets, there are three that drive me up the wall. Cotton balls, that dopey ZZ Top song currently playing on the office Spotify and the excuse, “Relax. It’s only a kid’s movie.”
Sorry, John Q. Public. In the immortal words of Jules Winnfield, “Allow me to retort.”
Films designed for youngsters too often get a pass from the critical community. When we see sloppy writing, poor direction and hyper-caffeinated animation, we assume we’re too old to enjoy it. The film is not for us. When we like a kiddie flick, our comment is, “A children’s…
Definitely one of my favorite films. I've owned this one for a while-- got to see it in 3D in the theatre, which was most impressive for the landscape scenes. (I've also watched it many times since, as you could imagine.) Story could have been better, I think, and it definitely had its weaknesses... but the animation is, excluding a few scenes, flawless and just... aaahhh those landscape shots!
(List of grievances off the top of my head: Zac Efron, O'Hare, some of the scenes in Thneedville, the few scenes where the words don't match up to the animation, how they cut out Traveling Madness...)
... though I did really love some of the more subtle details that I notice…
Es un colorido y melódico modo de pasar unas horas, pero no llega a ser épica y su mensaje clásico: de que se debería regresar a un estado anterior y mejor.
Me gustó que no hubiera grandes protagonismos, aunque me pregunté por qué existen si no son relevantes, incluyendo a el mismo Lórax.
Me agradó que no hubo increíbles malvados que hay que eliminar como en película de hadas, sólo gente equivocada.
Aunque trataron el tema del daño a un ecosistema, no dejaron la fantasía afortunadamente. Por ejemplo, había peces en la tierra conviviendo con las únicas otras dos especies, el oso y los patos; los mismos árboles eran de un diseño novedoso.
De esa fantasía que no dejaron también…
moral of the story: marshmallows are dangerous.
Well, it's nicely animated, but I'm just not a fan of Hollywood stretching these small Dr. Seuss books into feature films.